We developed SASA! Faith because of the incredible power of faith communities to prevent violence against women and HIV. Faith communities can lead the way for several critical reasons:
SASA! Faith can be initiated by anyone who cares about violence in their faith community. For example:
Wherever the spark to start SASA! Faith comes from, it requires a whole team of individuals and groups within the faith community to create positive and lasting change. For whomever chooses to initiate SASA! Faith, the guide includes all the steps for gaining support from religious leaders and for creating the larger team and network that will be needed.
Justice, peace and dignity are fundamental to the health and happiness of individuals, families and communities. They are interconnected and critical tools for preventing violence, and they shape SASA! Faith.
Changing community norms is not simply about doing lots of things with lots of people. Each phase of SASA! Faith offers a strategic selection of activities that ensures two things for changing community norms: (1) that SASA! Faith reaches all circles of influence, and (2) that people encounter SASA! Faith through multiple influences in their lives.
Examples of SASA! Faith activities include:
Many materials are faith-specific (i.e., with a Muslim and Christian version, using their respective holy books), while others are suitable for both religions.